A few weeks ago my daughter and I were invited to contribute to Airdrie's ARTember Mural Mosaic project and I love how it turned out! Collaborations are some of my favorite things and this one was especially special to work on as it not only involved many of my dear friends but also my youngest daughter. It's so great that this will be part of our community, part of the park that has been so important to my family. I really love public art and how it brings the community together. Here's a little video that was created during the unveiling.
Wisdom of Ancestors / 36x30 / Acrylic on Canvas
The Tower - True North Tarot
The tower can often be viewed as a negative card but I see it as a time of change and transformation. To me, this card represents upcoming opportunities and looking at things from a new perspective. Sometimes our world needs to be shaken up a bit in order to take a leap of faith and just because change can be out of our personal control, I have learned throughout the years that this can be a very good thing.
Painting and cards are available through Bluerock Gallery.
In celebration of the upcoming play 'Calendar Girls', Bert Church Live Theatre will be hosting a sunflower Wine & Paint Night on October 6. Registration is available online here. The play is a partnership between Nose Creek Players and Ladies Out Loud.
Calendar Girls Paint Night
with local artist Veronica Funk
Date: Friday October 6th, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Bert Church Live Theatre
Address: 1000 E Lake Blvd SE, Airdrie
All supplies, wine and appetizers included!
Join us for a Calendar Girls Sunflower theme paint night with local artist Veronica Funk at the Bert Church Live Theatre. Enjoy a wonderful night of painting with other ladies while enjoying wine and appetizers. Even without any painting or drawing experience, anyone can create a finished painting in an evening using basic art supplies. With a limited palette and a simple step-by-step process, we will be creating a wonderful creation that is contains your energy, creativity and spirit. Tickets available through Bert Church Theatre or www.ladiesoutloud.ca/events.
The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city's sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends - including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing...
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On Sunday I had a terrific time leading over 60 people in a painting afternoon to celebrate the Jubilee's 60th anniversary. I also got to see the newest poster for Jube School in the foyer which I loved taking part in earlier this year. I have loved every minute that I've spent at the Jubilee since last December...an amazing venue and an absolutely incredible group of people to work with...lucky, lucky me.
Readers of Charlotte Bronte's era and ever after have taken the impoverished orphan girl into their hearts, following her from the custody of cruel relatives to a dangerously oppressive boarding school and onward through a troubled career as a governess. Jane's first assignment at Thorn field, where the proud and cynical master of the house harbors a scandalous secret, draws readers ever deeper into a compelling exploration of the mysteries of the human heart.
There are days that are definitely more challenging for me...not only as an artist, but as a person. Choices I make and personal experiences in my daily life definitely affect my work though I hope in the end it's in a positive way. In order to create, I often feel as though I need to be in that calm, content state, but it seems that often when I head to my studio in spite of the anxiety or frustration that I feel, just the act of doing the work helps me not only to feel better, but to push forward on anything that I am working on. One piece that I created the morning of 9/11 ended up travelling in an exhibit across my province for three years and I heard a lot of positive response to how it helped others with healing from the terrible event. It was a day that I didn't know what to do with myself and I knew that I had to channel that negative energy into work and to flip that feeling through creating something peaceful, though sad. The woman who eventually purchased the painting recently told me she still feels peace every time she looks at it and for that I am grateful.
Ghost Lake I + II / 36x72 / acrylic on gallery canvas
Whenever I work on a diptych, I try to create two complete paintings that can be hung as a set but can also be separated in order to display them as full pieces on their own. I love the fact that a diptych can create a huge painting to fill a wall, but whenever we'd like a change they can be moved to different areas of the house. I like flexibility because I love redecorating on occasion just to freshen things up. And I also love larger works to make a bold statement on a wall. Plus, diptychs are much easier to transport, which is always great for me.
This particular piece was inspired by a drive through the foothills with my husband. Because I always carry a small moleskine sketchbook in my purse, I was able to capture the beauty of the fall harvest nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I love this time of year, the beautiful colours and this place that we live in so much.
I've spoken about white paint pens and markers before but, since our local supply store no longer carries the Liquitex acrylic paint markers I picked up these Montana acrylic paint markers again. This time I grabbed the same one as I had in the past, but also a fine point one, which I'm loving so far. I can see myself writing on paintings with it. I only wish it wasn't so bulky, but I guess that means it carries more paint, which is always a good thing.